Women's hockey impressive in 3-1 win over Nazareth at Sage Rink

Nancy Loh '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Nancy Loh '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Kate Piacenza '21 and Nancy Loh '22 recorded a goal and an assist apiece and the Continentals posted a 3-1 non-conference win against the Nazareth College Golden Flyers at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Tuesday afternoon.

The Continentals (5-5-0 overall) handed Nazareth just its second loss in 12 games. Hamilton owned a 39-19 shot advantage and killed all three of the Golden Flyers' power-play opportunities. The Continentals were playing at home for just the second time this season.

Nazareth (9-2-1) received votes in this week's USCHO.com Division III Top 10 poll. This was the first meeting between the two teams.

Hamilton's Sammy Johnson '20 made 18 saves in her first start since Dec. 6. Johnson has a 1.68 goals against average and .911 save percentage in three starts. Piacenza leads the Continentals with six goals and is tied for second with 10 points. Michaela Giuttari '20 -- a defender -- was credited with an assist on Hamilton's first goal for her 50th career point. Giuttari tops the team with seven helpers and 11 points. Allie Curry '23 notched her first goal with the Continentals.

Hamilton struck quickly on Loh's goal nine seconds into the first period. Missy Segall '21, who won 15 of 20 faceoffs, tapped the opening faceoff back to Giuttari. Giuttari played the puck off the left-side boards ahead to Piacenza and she sent a centering pass to Loh near the crease. Loh controlled the pass and jammed it across the goal line from point-blank range for her fifth goal. Hailey Redders tied the score for the Golden Flyers with her ninth goal on assists from Keeley Rose and Celena Rea at 8:27 of the first.

Curry put the Continentals in front for good 1:32 into the second period. She made a couple nice moves near center ice and ended up on a breakaway but her backhand attempt was stopped by Adrianna Brehm (35 saves). Mya Berretta '22 collected the rebound in the left faceoff circle and swept a shot towards the net that Brehm knocked away towards the end boards where Curry was standing. Curry's attempt to pass the puck to the slot bounced off a Nazareth defender and then off Brehm's blocker and into the net.

Piacenza added an insurance goal at 4:10 of the second. Loh and Piacenza passed to each other behind the Golden Flyers' net and Piacenza eventually slid up the the bottom of the left faceoff circle. Loh finessed a short pass to Piacenza and she smacked a one-timer that beat Brehm on the short side.

Johnson took it from there as she shut down Nazareth the rest of the way. Her best save may have been on a redirect attempt from the slot with 4:30 left in the third period. She then stuffed the rebound as multiple Golden Flyers crashed the crease area.

Hamilton hosts Bowdoin College on Friday, Jan. 10 in the Continentals' first NESCAC game since Nov. 23. The puck drops at 7 p.m.